The leader of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos, was sentenced on Wednesday to 13 years in prison by an Athens court that found him guilty of having led a «criminal organization.»
MEP Ioannis Lagos, another party leader, who will lose his parliamentary immunity at Greece’s request once his arrest warrant is issued, were also sentenced to the same sentence.
Likes, the exportavoz of the formation, Ilias Kassidiaris; MP Christos Pappas, michaloliakos’ right-hand man; and two other leaders, former members Ilias Panagiotaros and Georgios Germenis received the same sentence.
Only Artemis Matthaiopulos, a former son-in-law of Michaloliakos, was sentenced to less than the prosecutor’s request and must spend 10 years in prison.
Life sentence for murder of anti-phasical rapper
As expected, the court also sentenced Yorgos Rupakias, a member of Golden Dawn, to life in prison for the murder of anti-phase rapper Pavlos Fyssas in 2013.
This crime touched Greece and forced the authorities to launch legal proceedings against this neo-Nazi party, responsible for murder and violence against migrants and left-wing activists since the 1990s, but had so far enjoyed near-total impunity.
«Historical» verdict against a «criminal organization»
After five-and-a-half years of hearings, the Athens criminal court last week called the formation a «criminal organization,» a «historic» verdict, according to the country’s president and most of the political class.
Fifty of the 68 prosecuted were convicted of «directing or belonging» to the grouping, murder, assault or illegal possession of weapons.
The lengthy judicial process led to the progressive decline of Golden Dawn, the third political force in 2015, which was not won by any DEPUTY in the last legislative elections in July 2019.